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For this can wealth or title's sound atone,
From this fond tribute thou canst gain no praise; Made, by a parent's early loss, my own?
The praise is his who now that tribute pays.
Some lostier bard shall sing thy glorious name,
To build his own upon thy deathless fame. Oft in the progress of some fleeting dream
Friend of my heart! and foremost of the list Fraternal smiles collected round me seem;
| Of those with whom I lived supremely blest, While still the visions to my heart are prest, Oft have we drain'd the font of ancient lore; The voice of love will murmur in my rest:
Though drinking deeply, thirsting still the more. I bear-I wake--and in the sound rejoice;
Yet, when confinement's lingering hour was done, (3) I I bear again,-but, ah! no brother's voice.
Our sports, our studies, and our souls were oue: A hernit, 'midst of crowds, I fain must stray
Together we impellid the flying ball; Alone, though thousand pilgrims fill the way; Together waited in our tutor's hall; While these a thousand kindred wreaths entwine, Together join'd in cricket's manly toil, I cannot call one single blossom mine :
Or shared the produce of the river's spoil; What then remains ? in solitude to groan,
Or, plunging from the green declining shore, To mix in friendship, or to sigh alone. (1)
Our pliant limbs the buoyant billows bore; Thas must I cling to some endearing hand,
In every element, unchanged, the same, And none more dear than Ida's social band.
All, all that brothers should be, but the name. Aloszo!(2) best and dearest of my friends,
Nor yet are you forgot, my jocund boy! Thy same ennobles him who thus commends :
Davus, (4) the harbinger of childish joy; several errors into which the author has been led by the great service ; for I cannot bear to have him unjustly accounts of others. I allude to facts, and not criticisms. spoken of. Bat the same author has cruelly calumniated my father
P.S.-The Ilth or 12th of this month I shall.embark for and my grand-uncle, but more especially the former. So
Greece. Should I return, I shall pass through Paris, and far from being brutal,' be was, according to the testimony
shall be much flattered in meeting you and your friends. of all who knew him, of an extremely amiable and joyous
Should I not return, give me as affectionate a place in your character, but careless and dissipated. He had consequently
remembrance as possible."--L. E. the repetation of a good officer, and showed himself such
(1) « It has been reserved for our own time to produce one in America. The facts themselves refute the assertion. It
distinguished example of the Muse having descended upon a is hot by brutality' that a young officer of the guards se.
bard of a wounded spirit, and lent her lyre to tell, and we dices and carries off a Marchioness, and marries two heir
trust to soothe, afflictions of no ordinary description; afflicesses. It is trae that he was a very handsome man, which
tions originating probably in that singular combination of goes a good way. His first wife (Lady Conyers and Mar.
feeling, which has been called the poetical temperament, chiosess of Carmarthen) did not die of grief, but of a malady
and which has so often saddened the days of those op which she caught by having imprudently insisted upon ac
whom it bas been conferred. If ever a man could lay claim companying my father to a bunt, before she was completely
to that character in all its strength and all its weakness, recovered from the accouchement which gave birth to my
with its unbounded range of enjoyment, and its exquisite sister Angusta. His second wife, my respectable mother,
sensibility of pleasure and of pain, it must certaiuly be bad, I assare you, too proud a spirit to bear with the ill
granted to Lord Byron. His own tale is partly told in two usage of any man, no matter who he might be; and this
lines of Lara: she would have soon proved. I should add, that he lived a
Left by his sire, too young such loss to know, loag time at Paris, and was in babits of intimacy with the
Lord of himself-thai beritage of woe!"" Sir Walter Scott.-L.E. ald Marshal Biron, commandant of the French guards, who,
(2) The Hon. John Wingfield, of the Coldstream Guards, frea the similarity of names, and Norman origin of our fa.
brother to Richard, fourth Viscount Powerscourt. He died mily, supposed that there was some distant relationship be
of a fever, in his twentieth year, at Coimbra, May 14th, treea os. He died some years before the age of forty; and
1811.-"Of all human beings,” says Lord Byron, “I was, whatever may have been his faults, they were certainly
perhaps, at one time the most attached to poor Wingfield. set those of darshness and grossness. If the notice should
I had known him the better half of his life, and the happiest reach Eacland, I am certain that the passage relative to my
part of mine.” fathe will give much more pain to my sister even than to
On hearing of the death of his beloved schoolfellow, be at Aagasta and I have always loved the memory of our
added the following stanzas to the first canto of Childe fatter as much as we loved each other; and this at least faras a presumption, that the stain of harshness was not
Harold :applicable to it. If he dissipated his fortune, that concerns
"And thou, my friend !-since unavailing' woe
Bursts from my heart, and mingles with the strainas alone, for we are his beirs; and till we reproach him
Had the sword laid thee with the mighty low, with it, I tos no one else who has a right to do so.
Pride might forbid ev'n Friendship to complain : As to the Lord Byron who killed Mr. Chaworth in a
But thus unlaurel'd to descend in vain, ded, so far from retiring from the world, he made the tour
By all forgotten, save the lonely breast,
And mix unbleeding with the boasted slain, of Europe, and was appointed Master of the Stag- hounds,
While Glory crowns so many a meaner crest! afier that event; and did not give up society until his son
What hadst thou done to sink so peacefully to rest? had attended him by marrying in a manner contrary to his
"Oh, known the earliest, and esteem'd the most ! duty. so far from feeling any remorse for having killed Mr.
Dear to a heart where nought was left so dear! Caworth, who was a spadassin, and celebrated for his
Though to my hopeless days for ever lost, quarrelsome disposition, he always kept the sword which
In dreams deny me not to see thee bere !" etc.-L. E. ke Esed apon that occasion in his bedchamber, and there it (3) “There needs no better record,” says Moore, "of his | as when he died. It is singular enough, that when mode of life as a schoolboy, than what these fondly cirthe young. I formed a strong attachment for the grand cumstantial effusions supply. Thus the sports he delighted aiere and heiress ef Mr. Chaworth, who stood in the same and excelled in are here enumerated.”-P. E. degree of relationship as myself to Lord Byron; and at one 1) The Rev. John Cecil Tattersall, B. A., of Christ Gore it was thought that a union would bave taken place. This Church, Oxford: who died Dec. 8, 1812, at Hall's Place, Ba lone letter, and principally about my family; bat it is | Kent, aged twenty-four. "His mind," says a writer in the the fanit of my benevolent biographer. He may say of me Gent. Mag., " was comprehensive and perspicuous; his whatever of good or evil pleases him; but I desire that he l affections warm and sincere. Through extreme aversion to bould speak of my relations only as they deserve. If you hypocrisy, he was so far from assuming the false appearsul fiad an occasion of making him rectify the facts rela ances of virtue, that much of bis real excellence was unseen, be to my father, and pablish them, you would do me a wbilst he was eager to acknowledge every fault into which
frea the second that there were before the age or
For ever foremost in the ranks of fun,
When time at length matures thy growing years,
Shall fair EURYALUS(5) pass by unsung?
Now last, but nearest, of the social band,
Lrcus!(3) on me thy claims are justly great:
he was led. He was an ardent friend, a stranger to feel
I've seen those sympathetic eyes o'erflow ings of enmity; he lived in good faith towards men, and
With kind compassion for thy comrade's woe ; died with hope in God." -L. E.
Or when less mournful subjects fort'd our themes,
We tried a thousand fond romantic schemes, (1) The “ factious strife" here recorded, was accidentally
on hast thou sworn, in friendship's soothing tone, brought on by the breaking up of school, and the dismissal
Whatever wish was mine must be thine own." -L.E. of some volunteers from drill, both happening at the same (5) George-John, fifth Earl Delawarr, born Oct. 26, 1791; bour. On this occasion, it appears, the butt-end of a musket succeeded his father, John Richard, July 28, 1795. This was aimed at Byron's head, and would have felled him to
ancient family have been barons by the male line from the ground, but for the interposition of Tattersall.-L.E.
1342; their ancestor, Sir Thomas West, having been sum(2) In the private volume :
moned to parliament as Lord West, the 16th Edw. II. • Thus did you save that life I scarcely prize
We find the following notices in some hitherto unpublished A life unworthy such a sacrifice."-L. E.
letters of Lord Byron : (3) Joha Fitzgibbon, second Earl of Clare, born June 2, "Harrow, Oct. 25, 1804.-I am happy enough and com. 1792. His father, wbom he succeeded Jan. 28, 1802, was fortable here. My friends are not numerous, but select. for nearly twelve years Lord Chancellor of Ireland. See Among the principal, I rank Lord Delawarr, who is very ante, p. 32, c. I, note 3. His Lordship is now (1834) Go amiable, and my particular friend." "Nov. 2, 1804. vernor of Bombay. “I never,” Lord Byron says, in 1821, Lord Delawarr is considerably younger than me, but the “hear the word .Clare,' without a beating of the heart even most good-tempered, amiable, clever fellow in the universe. now; and I write it with the feelings of 1803--4--5, ad infini. To all which he adds the quality (a good one in the eyes of tum.” of the tenaciousness with which be clung to all the women) of being remarkably handsome. Delaware and kindly impressions of his youth, there can be no stronger myself are, in a manner, connected, for one of my fore. proof than the interesting fact, that after his death almost fathers, in Charles the First's time, married into their all the notes and letters which his principal school favour. | family."-L. E. ites had ever addressed to him were found carefully pre (6) It is impossible to peruse the following extract of a served among his papers. The following is the endorsement
letter, addressed to Lord Clare in February, 1807, without upon one of them):--" This and another letter were written
acknowledging the noble candour and conscientiousness of at Harrow, by my then and, I hope, ever beloved friend, the writer. -" You will be astonished to hear I have lately Lord Clare, when we were both schoolboys; and sent to
written to Delawarr, for the purpose of explaining (as far my study in consequence of some childish misunderstanding,
as possible, without involving some old friends of mine in -the only one which ever arose between us. It was of
the business,) the cause of my behaviour to him during my short duration, and I retain this note solely for the purpose
last residence at Harrow, which you will recollect was of submitting it to his perusal, that we may smile over the
rather on caralier. Since that period I have discovered be recollection of the insignificance of our first and last
was treated with injustice, both by those who misrepre. quarrel." -L. E.
sented his conduct, and by me in consequence of their (4) In the private volume, the following lines conclude
suggestions. I have, therefore, made all the reparation in this character:
my power, by apologizing for my mistake, though with very “For ever to possess a friend in thee,
faint hopes of success. However, I have eased my own Was bliss unbaped, though not unsought, by me.
conscience by the atonement, which is humiliating enough Thy softer soul was form'd for love alune, To ruder passions and to hate unknown;
to one of my disposition; yet I could not have slept satisfied Thy mind, in union with thy beauteous form,
with the reflection of having, even unintentionally, injured Was gentle, but unfit to stem the storm ;
any individual. I have done all that could be done to That face, an index of celestial worth,
repair the injury." --L. E.
(7) Edward Noel Long, Esq.- to whom a subsequent I sat reclined upon our favourite tomb,
poem is addressed. See p. 40.-L. E.
With scarce one speck to cloud the pleasing scene,
Oh! friends regretted, scenes for ever dear,
| When Probus' praise repaid my lyric song,(3) Or placed me higher in the studious throng; Or when my first harangue received applause,(4) His sage instruction the primeval cause, What gratitude to him my soul possest While hope of dawning honours filld my breast! For all my humble fame, to him alone The praise is due, who made that fame my own.(5) Oh! could I soar above these feeble lays, These young effusions of my early days, To him my muse her noblest strain would give: The song might perish, but the theme might live. Yet why for him the needless verse essay? His honour'd name requires no vain display: By every son of grateful Ipa blest, It finds an echo in each youthfal breast; | A fame beyond the glories of the proud, Or all the plaudits of the venal crowd.(8)
Ida! not yet exhausted is the theme, Nor closed the progress of my youthful dream. How many a friend deserves the grateful strain ! What scenes of childhood still unsung remain!
e, of pes last bubreath unds of fatnes
For me, whate'er my folly, or my fear,' '
(1) This alludes to the public speeches delivered at the scbool where the author was educated. (2) Thas in the private volume:-
Yet in the retrospection finds relief,
And revels in the luxury of grief."--LE. (3) "I remember,” says Byron, “ that my first declamation astonished Dr. Drury into some unwonted (for he was economical of such and sudden compliments, before the declaimers at our first rebearsal." Diary.-L. E.
(9) "I certainly was much pleased with Lord Byron's at. titude, gesture, and delivery, as well as with his composition. All who spoke on that day adhered, as usual, to the letter of their composition, as in the earlier part of his delivery did Lord Byron. But, to my surprise, he suddenly diverged from the written composition, with a boldness and rapidity saficient to alarm me, lest he should fail in memory as to the conclasion. There was no failure ;-he came round to the close of his composition without discovering any impediment and irregularity on the whole. I questioned him,
by he had altered his declamation? He declared he had made no alteration, and did not know, in speaking, that he had deviated from it one letter. I believed him, and from a knowledge of his temperament am convinced, that, fully impressed with the sense and substance of the subject, he was burried on to expressions and colourings more striking than what his pen had expressed.” Dr. Drury.-L. E. (5) In the private volume the poem concludes thus :
“When, yet a novice in the mimic art,
I feign'd the transports of a vengeful heart-
"Ah! vain endeavour in this childish strain
(6) "I am not a Joseph," said Lord Byron, in 1821,"nor a Scipio;, but I can safely affirm, that I never in my life seduced any woman."-L. E.
(7) “We know enough even of Lord Byron's private his. tory to give our warrant that, though his youth may bave shared somewhat too largely in the indiscretions of those ieft too early masters of their own actions and fortunes, falsehood and malice alone can impute to him any real causo for hopeless remorse, or gloomy melancholy." Sir Walter Scott.-L. E.
(8) "To Dr. Drury," observes Moore, “Lord Byron has left on record a tribute of affection and respect, which, like the reverential regard of Dryden for Dr. Busby, will long associate together honourably the names of the poet and the master." The above is not, however, the only one. In a note to the fourth Canto of Childe Harold, ha saya, "My preceptor was the best and worthiest friend I ever possessed, whose warnings I have remembered but too well, though too late-- when I have erred, and whose counsels I have but followed when I have done well or wisely. If ever this imperfect record of my feelings towards him should reach his eyes, let it remind him of one who never thinks of him but with gratitude and veneration-of one who would more gladly boast of having been his pupil, if, by more closely following his injunctions, he could reflect any honour upon his instructor.” We extract the following from some un. published letters of Lord Byron :
“Harrow, Nov. 2, 1804. There is so much of the gentleman, so much mildness and bothing of pedantry, in his cha. racter, that I cannot help liking him, and will remember his instructions with gratitude as long as I live. He is the best master we ever had, and at the same time respected and feared.”—“Nov. II, 1804. I revere Dr. Drury. He is never violent, never outrageous. I dread offending him ;-not, however, through fear; but the respect I bear him makes me unhappy when I am under his displeasure."--LE.
Yet let me hush this echo of the past,
IDA! still o'er thy hills in' joy preside,
That tear, perhaps, the fondest which will flow | O'er their last scene of happiness below.
Tell me, ye hoary few, who glide along,
Did the senate or camp my exertions require,
Ambition might prompt me, at once, to go forth; When infancy's years of probation expire,
Perchance I may strive to distinguish my birth. The fire in the cavern of Etna conceal'd,
Still mantles unseen in its secret recess; At length, in a volume terrific reveald,
No torrent can quench it, no bounds can repress. (3) Oh! thus, the desire in my bosom for fame
Bids me live but to hope for posterity's praise; Could I soar with the phenix on pinions of flame,
With him I would wish to expire in the blaze. For the life of a Fox, of a Chatham the death, What censure, what danger, what woe would I
brave! Their lives did not end when they yielded their breath;
Their glory illumines the gloom of their grave. Yet why should I mingle in Fashion's full herd ?
Why crouch to her leaders, or cringe to her rules! Why bend to the proud, or applaud the absurd?
Why search for delight in the friendship of fools? I have tasted the sweets and the bitters of love;
In friendship I early was taught to believe; My passion the matrons of prudence reprove;
I have found that a friend may profess, yet deceive. To me what is wealth ? it may pass in an hour,
If tyrants prevail, or if Fortune should frown. To me what is title?--the phantom of power;
To me what is fashion ?-I seek but renown.
Deceit is a stranger as yet to my soul;
I still am unpractised to varnish the truth: Then why should I live in a hateful control? Why waste upon folly the days of my youth ?
ANSWER TO A BEAUTIFUL POEM,
ENTITLED “THE COMMON LOT." (4) MONTGOMERY! true, the common lot
Of mortals lies in Lethe's wave; Yet some shall never be forgot
Some shall exist beyond the grave.
ADDRESSED TO THE REV. J. T. BECHER, ON NIS AD-|
VISING THE AUTHOR TO MIX MORE WITH SOCIETY. DEAR Becher, you tell me to mix with mankind;
I cannot deny such a precept is wise;
I will not descend to a world I despist.
« Unknown the region of his birth,”
The bero(5) rolls the tide of war; Yet not unknown his martial worth,
Which glares a meteor from afar.
(1) In a note to the fourth canto of Childe Harold, Lord Byron says:-“No one could, or can be, more attached to Harrow than I have always been, and with reason;- a part of the time passed there was the happiest of my life.”LE
(2) "L'Amitié est l'Amour sans ailes," is a French proverb. (See a subsequent poem, under this title, p. 39.-L. E.)
(3) The true reason of the haughty distance at which Byron, both at this period and afterwards, stood apart from his more opulent neighbours, is to be found (says Moore) * in his mortifying consciousness of the inadequacy of his own means to his rank, and the proud dread of being made to feel his own inferiority by persons to whom, in cvery other respect, he knew himself superior.” Mr. Becher frequently expostulated with him on this unsociableness ; and one of bis friendly remonstrances drew forth these lines,
so remarkably prefiguring the splendid burst with which Lord Byron's volcanic genius was ere long to open upon the world.-L. E.
Such, according to Moore, was Byron's horror of new faces, that, whilst on a visit to one of the few families at Southwell, with whom he was intimate, he frequently jumped out of the window when he saw strangers approaching the house.-P. E
(4) Written by James Montgomery author of The Wan derer in Switzerland, etc.
(6) No particular hero is here alluded to. The exploits of Bayard, Nemours, Edward the Black Prince, and, in more modern times the fame of Marlborough, Frederick the Great Count Saxe, Charles of Sweden, etc. are familiar to every historical reader, but the exact places of their birth are known to a very small proportion of their admirers.
His joy or grief, his weal or woe,
Perchance may 'scape the page of fame; Yet nations now unborn will know
The record of his deathless name.
The dew I gather from thy lip
Is not so dear to me as this; That I but for a moment sip,
And banquet on a transient bliss : This will recall each youthful scene,
E'en when our lives are on the wane; The leaves of Love will still be green
When Memory bids them bud again.
In gently waving ringlet curl'd,
I would not lose you for a world:
The polish'd brow where once you shone, Like rays which gild a cloudless morn, Beneath Columbia's fervid zone.
1806. (Now first published.]
The patriot's and the poet's frame
Must share the common tomb of all : Their glory will not sleep the same;
That will arise, though empires fall. The lustre of a beauty's eye
Assumes the ghastly stare of death; The fair, the brave, the good must die,
And sink the yawning grave beneath. Once more the speaking eye revives,
Still beaming through the lover's strain; For Petrarch's Laura still survives :
She died, but ne'er will die again. The rolling seasons pass away,
And Time, untiring, waves his wing; Whilst honour's laurels ne'er decay,
But bloom in fresh unfading spring. All, all must sleep in grim repose,
Collected in the silent tomb; The old and young, with friends and foes,
Festering alike in shrouds, consume. The mouldering marble lasts its day,
Yet falls at length, a useless fane; To ruin's ruthless fangs a prey,
The wrecks of pillar'd pride remain. What, though the sculpture be destroy'd,
From dark oblivion meant to guard ? A bright renown shall be enjoy'd
By those whose virtues claim reward. Then do not say the common lot
Or all lies deep in Lethe's wave; Some few, who ne'er will be forgot,
Shall burst the bondage of the grave.
THE DEATH OF CALMAR AND ORLA.
AN IMITATION OF MACPHERSON'S Ossian. (1) Dear are the days of youth! Age dwells on their remembrance through the mist of time. In the twilight he recalls the sunny hours of morn. He lifts his spear with trembling hand. “Not tbus feebly did I raise the steel before my fathers !" Past is the race of heroes! But their fame rises on the harp; their souls ride on the wings of the wind; they hear the sound through the sighs of the storm, and rejoice in their hall of clouds! Such is Calmar. The grey stone marks his narrow house. He looks down from eddying tempests: he rolls his form in, the whirlwind, and hovers on the blast of the mountain.
In Morven dwelt the chief; a beam of war to Fingal. His steps in the field were marked in blood. Lochlin's sons had fled before his angry spear; but mild was the eye of Calmar; soft was the flow of his yellow locks: they streamed like the meteor of the night. No maid was the sigh of his soul: his thoughts were given to friendship, to dark-haired Orla, destroyer of heroes! Equal were their swords in battle; but fierce was the pride of Orla :-gentle alone to Calmar. Together they dwelt in the cave of Oithona..
From Lochlin, Swaran bounded o'er the blue waves. Erin's sons fell beneath his might. Fingal roused his chiefs to combat. Their ships cover the ocean. Their hosts throng on the green hills. They come to the aid of Erin.
Night rose in clouds. Darkness veils the armies : but the blazing oaks gleam through the valley. The sons of Lochlin slept : their dreams were of blood. They lift the spear in thought, and Fingal flies. Not so the host of Morven. To watch was the post of Orla. Calmar stood by his side. Their spears were in their hands. Fingal called his chiefs : they stood around. The king was in the midst. Grey were his locks, but strong was the arm of the king. Age withered not his powers. “Sons of Morven,” said the hero, “to-morrow we meet the foe. But where is Cuthullin, the shield of Erin? He rests in the halls of Tura; he knows not of our coming. Who
REMEMBRANCE. "T is done!-I saw it in my dreams : No more with Hope the future beams;
My days of happiness are few : Chill'd by misfortune's wintry blast, My dawn of life is overcast;
Love, Hope, and Joy, alike adieu ! Would I could add Remembrance too!
1806. [Now first published.]
TO A LADY
WHICH BOUND HER TRESSES.
Is mine, sweet girl! thy pledge of love;
Like relics left of saints above.
"Twill bind my soul in bonds to thee;
But mingle in the grave with me.
(1) It may be necessary to observe, that the story, though considerably varied in the catastrophe, is taken from “Nisus and Euryalus,” of which episode a translation is already given.